December 23, 1999 |
A Korean Air 747 cargo plane crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport northeast of London, narrowly missing several homes before bursting into flames and apparently killing all four South Korean crew members. The plane--bound for Milan, Italy--flew over the village of Great Hallingbury, three miles south of Stansted Airport, before slamming into open ground. One body and some body parts had been recovered, said Charles Clark, assistant chief constable of Essex County police.
August 30, 1995 |
A U.S. spy plane that was part of NATO's Bosnia operation crashed shortly after takeoff Tuesday, killing the pilot, the U.S. Air Force said. The plane crashed at the air base at Fairford, 80 miles west of London, said an Air Force press officer. The pilot, Capt. David A. Hawkins of Virginia, ejected but died at a hospital, said a spokesman at Beale Air Force Base near Sacramento, where the U-2 was based. Hawkins' hometown was not available.
August 8, 1990 |
Two engines of a Boeing 747 jet burst into flames shortly after landing on a chartered flight from Montreal at London's Gatwick Airport. Airport authorities said the 439 passengers were evacuated via the plane's emergency exits and 15 of them were slightly injured sliding down the chutes. Two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation. The engines caught fire as the plane, which belongs to the Canadian charter company Nationair, was heading toward a parking bay, an airport spokeswoman said.
June 14, 1990 |
The use of improper bolts probably caused a cockpit windshield to blow out of a British Airways plane at 23,000 feet over the weekend, almost sucking the pilot out of the aircraft, officials said. "Investigators have determined that of the 90 bolts used to retain the windscreen, 84 were of an incorrect size for the captive nuts into which they were installed," a Civil Aviation Authority official said. Officials reported the incorrect bolts were 1/32 of an inch smaller than they should have been.
June 11, 1990 |
A British Airways captain was sucked partway through a windshield that blew out at 24,000 feet on Sunday, but other crew members managed to cling to him while the co-pilot made an emergency landing, the airline said. The pilot, Tim Lancaster, was hospitalized with serious injuries but was expected to survive, authorities said. Police said eight passengers were treated for shock. "I could see a body hanging out of the window with two men and a woman hanging on to his legs.
March 21, 1989 |
Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch confirmed Monday that the pilot of an ill-fated British Midland Airways Boeing 737 had shut down the wrong engine of his crippled airplane before it crashed last Jan. 8, killing 47 passengers. The agency in a bulletin on the crash appeared to discount the possibility that faulty instruments or wiring had led to the error; however, it did not offer any specific explanation for the pilot's action.